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Barring a last minute stay by the U.S. Supreme Court, Georgia will execute Troy Anthony Davis by lethal injection tonight at 7p ET at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson. If the execution is carried out, Davis will be the 43rd inmate put to death by the state since 1973.
Davis was convicted in the 1989 murder of Savannah Police Officer Mark MacPhail largely on the testimony of nine witnesses. There was no physical evidence, and no weapon was ever found.
The case has made headlines worldwide in part because seven witnesses for the prosecution have recanted the testimony they gave at the criminal trial. One witness claimed he was pressured to implicate Davis. Davis' lawyers and supporters say this is a case of mistaken identity.
But several courts and the state parole board have concluded that Davis is guilty of the crime, and should pay the ultimate price.
Davis refused a last meal request. A press release from the Georgia Department of Corrections Office of Public Affairs says for his final dinner, the state will provide him macaroni and cheese, pinto beans, green beans, lettuce and tomato salad, corn bread, fruit cobbler, and tea.
We spoke with the Office of Public Affairs. This is the timeline today and sequence of events for Troy Anthony Davis:
Davis will have visitation with family members from 9a to 3p. At 3p, he will undergo a routine physical. At 4p, Davis is offered his last meal, followed by an offer to make a recorded last statement at 5p.
According to the Office of Public Affairs, Davis will be offered ativan, a mild sedative, at 6p. He will be executed at 7p. His remains will then be transported to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s crime lab for a routine autopsy before being released to his family.
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